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Thursday’s Europa League schedule brings us Brighton up against AEK Athens.
Our tips, poll and stats for Brighton & Hove Albion v AEK Athens can all be found here (including the best match odds).
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 1-3 Premier League success versus Manchester United.
In that match, Brighton & Hove Albion managed 56% possession and 10 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. For Brighton & Hove Albion, the goalscorers were Danny Welbeck (20'), Pascal Groß (53') and João Pedro (71'). For their opponents, Manchester United had 14 shots at goal with 4 on target. Hannibal Mejbri (73') was the scorer for Manchester United.
Brighton & Hove Albion have been conceding pretty frequently recently, but they’ve also managed to convert their own chances into goals. Looking at their last 6 games, Brighton & Hove Albion have been punished defensively in 6 of them while also getting on the scoresheet in 6 of those games.
In their previous fixture, AEK Athens drew 1-1 in the Super League match with Olympiacos.
In that game, AEK Athens managed 56% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for AEK Athens was Ezequiel Ponce (22'). At the other end, Olympiacos had 9 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Ayoub El Kaabi (38') scored for Olympiacos.
AEK Athens have attacked well of late, having scored 8 goals in their previous 6 matches. While their manager Matías Almeyda will no doubt take that as a positive sign, AEK Athens have been somewhat leaky at the back, having also been scored against in 6 of those same outings. Let’s find out if that trend will end up being continued on into this next match.
Team News: Brighton
Julio Enciso (Torn Meniscus), Evan Ferguson (Knee Injury) and Jakub Moder (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be able to feature for Brighton gaffer Roberto De Zerbi.
It seems likely that The Seagulls look set to employ a 4-3-2-1 formation for the game with Jason Steele, James Milner, Jan Paul van Hecke, Igor, Pervis Estupinan, Solly March, Billy Gilmour, Kaoru Mitoma, Pascal Gross, Ansu Fati and Joao Pedro.
Team News: AEK Athens
AEK Athens boss Matías Almeyda has not got a full squad to pick from. Domagoj Vida (Bruised Rib), Harold Moukoudi (Unknown Injury) and Paolo Fernandes (Achilles tendon problems) can’t be considered.
There’s a good chance that AEK might play in a 4-1-2-1-2 lineup by sending out Cican Stankovic, Djibril Sidibe, Gerasimos Mitoglou, Damian Szymanski, Ehsan Haji Safi, Jens Joensson, Orbelin Pineda, Nordin Amrabat, Mijat Gacinovic, S. Ezequiel Araujo and Levi Garcia.
We believe that AEK Athens are likely to score a goal against this Brighton & Hove Albion team, although it might not be enough to prevent defeat.
We’re predicting a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning score for Brighton & Hove Albion when all is said and done. Should be a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The AMEX Stadium (31,800)
Captain: Lewis Dunk
Chairman: Tony Bloom
Manager: Roberto De Zerbi
Competitions: Premier League position 6, EFL Cup (Third Round), Europa League (Group B)
🔑 Star Man: Evan Ferguson
Customarily taking up the Striker position, Evan Ferguson was born in Bettystown, Rep. Ireland. Having played his first senior match for Bohemian FC in the 2020 season, the skilful Forward has got 4 league goals in this Premier League 2023 - 2024 season to date from a total of 5 appearances.